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Dozens attend vigil to honor aspiring nursing student shot and killed in Baltimore

Posted at 11:47 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 23:47:50-04

BALTIMORE — Dozens of people attended a vigil to remember the life of 18-year-old Nayely Paz, who was shot and killed Sunday in Baltimore.

Loved ones mourned the loss in the same spot of the tragic shooting where a memorial now rests in her honor.

Nayely's little sister was at the vigil and described her as a girl with a big heart.

“My sister was the type to never give up on anything," she said. “My sister was a very playful person. She would always help me with my homework.”

She said she just graduated high school with plans to become a nurse.

“She wanted to help others. Because that’s what she loved doing. She loved helping other people," Yeymi Paz said. "And when she couldn’t help she just felt with what they were feeling.”

With her entire life ahead of her, it was taken away in an instant after she was gunned down in the 1000 block of Horners Lane.

Nayely's boyfriend was also shot, but he is expected to survive.

Family and neighbors said the shooting was a case of road rage.

“Can't you just drive away?" asked Lisa Starchak."Why does it have to come to a gun and killing somebody? Very, very unfortunate. Very sad.”

Baltimore police are still searching for the shooter, who is believed to have been driving a mid-size SUV Cadillac.

“What they did to my sister was unfair and it caused a lot of pain," said Paz. "I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

As the Paz tries to process the loss, she is hoping her family will get justice.

“I want whoever did it to have a change of heart and just turn themselves in.”